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The Reykjavik Open kicks off with some surprises

The Reykjavik Open 2013 started today in Iceland. The event gathered a large field with very strong players, including four rated above 2700.

There will be minute by minute updates in the Chess bits section during this tournament.

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As it usually happens in the big opens, the first round sees some very unbalanced match-ups. For instance, the top seed Anish Giri faced an Icelandic player whose elo is 650 points lower.

This fact makes the first round results quite predictable. However, sometimes a surprise might happen because the higher rated player is over-confident or the lower rated player is having the game of his life.

The first result came when Czech GM David Navara defeated Marcel Martensini from Switzerland in just 20 moves, after the Swiss made a mistake in the opening.

Other early winners were English GM Gawain Jones, Ukrainian GM Pavel Eljanov and French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The playing hall during the first round

While some players like Ivan SokolovBartosz Socko and Ivan Cheparinov were already resting before tomorrow’s round, the Chinese star Ding Liren kept fighting to get his first point. Finally, he had to settle for a draw.

Sebastian Mihajlov, a Norwegian player with a 2059 rating took the battle to an endgame with a strange material balance. Ding Liren had a rook, a bishop and two extra pawns for Mihajlov’s queen. The Norwegian managed to set up a perpetual check on move 64.

Another surprising result came in a lower board. Soren Jensen from Denmark defeated the Norwegian IM Frode Urkedal using the Muzio variation in the King’s Gambit.

Soren Jensen's scoresheet (1.e4 e5 2.f4...)

Standings after round 1:

1 Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 1.0
2 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 1.0
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 1.0
GM Navara David CZE 2710 1.0
GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 1.0
GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 1.0
GM So Wesley PHI 2684 1.0
GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 1.0
GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 1.0
GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 1.0
GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 1.0
GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 1.0
GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 1.0
GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 1.0
GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 1.0
GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 1.0
GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 1.0
GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 1.0
GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 1.0
GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 1.0
GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 1.0
GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 1.0
GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 1.0
GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 1.0
GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 1.0
GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 1.0
GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 1.0
GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 1.0
IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 1.0
GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 1.0
IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 1.0
GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 1.0
GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 1.0
GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 1.0
IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 1.0
WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 1.0
FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 1.0
IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 1.0
WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 1.0
IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 1.0
IM Krush Irina USA 2460 1.0
GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 1.0
IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 1.0
IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 1.0
NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 1.0
WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 1.0
IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 1.0
IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 1.0
GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 1.0
IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 1.0
IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 1.0
IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 1.0
IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 1.0
IM Ris Robert NED 2407 1.0
IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 1.0
IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 1.0
IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 1.0
WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 1.0
WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 1.0
FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 1.0
WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 1.0
IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 1.0
WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 1.0
FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 1.0
FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 1.0
FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 1.0
IM Muir Andrew J Mr SCO 2313 1.0
WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 1.0
WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 1.0
FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 1.0
IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 1.0
FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 1.0
FM Malmdin Nils-Ake SWE 2281 1.0
WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 1.0
Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2279 1.0
FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 1.0
WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 1.0
Tari Aryan NOR 2263 1.0
IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 1.0
FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 1.0
Beeke Bob NED 2257 1.0
Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 1.0
Karason Askell O ISL 2235 1.0
Wang Yiye CHN 2226 1.0
Bird Andrew AUS 2223 1.0
Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 1.0
Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 1.0
WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 1.0
FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 1.0
WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 1.0
Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 1.0
Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 1.0
Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 1.0
Ingvason Johann ISL 2148 1.0
Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 1.0
Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 1.0
WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 1.0
IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 1.0
FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 1.0
CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 1.0
Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 1.0
Drill Frank GER 2124 1.0
Johansen Stian NOR 2090 1.0
Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 1.0
Frick Renato LIE 2075 1.0
Raddatz Michael GER 2075 1.0
Jensen Soren DEN 1909 1.0
Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 1.0
109 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 0.5
GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 0.5
IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 0.5
FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 0.5
Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 0.5
Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 0.5
Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 0.5
Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 0.5
Pantzar Milton SWE 1693 0.5
Jacobsen Trond NOR 1610 0.5
119 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 0.0
IM Miedema David - NED 2364 0.0
Knútsson Lárus ISL 2072 0.0
Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 0.0
Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2071 0.0
Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 0.0
Heerde Thomas GER 2053 0.0
Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 0.0
Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 0.0
Doell Detlef GER 2044 0.0
WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 0.0
Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 0.0
Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 0.0
Isaksson Per SWE 2016 0.0
Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 0.0
Michel Steve NED 2008 0.0
Gunnarsson Sigurdur Jon ISL 2000 0.0
Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 0.0
Andreasen Jakup A.R. FAI 1992 0.0
Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 0.0
Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 0.0
Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 0.0
Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 0.0
Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 0.0
Vigfusson Vigfus ISL 1985 0.0
Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 0.0
WCM Orlova Yelizaveta CAN 1978 0.0
Newrkla Alexander AUT 1969 0.0
Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 0.0
Bjornes Leif NOR 1957 0.0
Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 0.0
Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 0.0

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